Wall Collapses at Palace Theatre
An exterior wall of the Palace Theatre in Frostburg collapsed in two stages yesterday; there were no injuries. The first collapse came around 8 a.m., and a second, larger one at 3:10 p.m., spilled bricks and debris into an alley beside the building. The second collapse left a large 15 by 18 foot opening in the building and caused the electric box and wiring to be pulled away from it. The city of Frostburg has since declared the theatre unfit for either entry or occupancy.
Former Treasurer Makes Apology
The former treasurer of the Chestnut Ridge Parent-Teacher Organization, Leann Gottshall, made a tearful apology to that organization this week, for stealing more than $11,000 from the group's account. The apology from Ms. Gottshall came as part of a plea deal with the Bedford County District Attorney's Office. She was charged after forging and cashing 33 checks from the PTO bank account. The guilty plea and apology will be factored in, when it comes time for sentencing. While the current president of the PTO doesn't want her to be sentenced to jail time, it is hoped restitution will be made to the group.
Suspect Wanted in Possible Theft
The Maryland State Police are looking for a man who is suspected of theft when he was seen by a trooper in the neighborhood early yesterday morning. He was seen in the area of Bourbon and Viewcrest Streets, carrying some items. The State Police, Sheriff's Department and the Trooper Five and K-9 units responded to the scene. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Maryland State Police or CrimeSolvers.
Man Jumps From Window to Avoid Police
A Frostburg resident, who was being served an arrest warrant on a number of charges, jumped from a second story window at 94 West Mechanic Street. Henry Jerome Griffin was subdued by police, using a taser. Griffen was wanted for assault and trespassing charges, and a paternity charge, as well. He was later taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries. A Frostburg Police officer was slightly injured in the arrest. Additional charges against Griffin are pending.
Wanted Man Arrested by Keyser Police
Keyser City Police apprehended a man who had been wanted in connection with an April 10th incident. Twenty-seven year old Jason Ravenscroft was arrested while walking along Armstrong Street. Police had attempted to stop him in the same area in April for driving a vehicle without a license plate. He eluded police, and on Old Waxler road, he fled the scene, reportedly jumping into the Potomac River. During the arrest he was also found to have a small amount of marijuana. He is being held on $6800 bond at the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail.
Cumberland Man Arrested for Disorderly Conduct
Thirty-one year old Cumberland resident Paul Harman was arrested Tuesday morning in the area of Seymour and First Streets in Cumberland. There had been reports of an intoxicated person in the area, causing a disturbance. After being checked by Cumberland Fire Department Ambulance personnel, Harman got up, grabbed a bottle of alcohol and began to walk away. He began yelling profanities and threatened to assault residents in the area. He was remanded to the Allegany County Detention Center on $3,000 bond.